The Witch (2016)
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson
Directed by Robert Eggers
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***
I wanted to enjoy The Witch more than I did. First-time writer-director Robert Eggers has certainly crafted an ominous, creepy environment filled with a muted gray color palette that adds to the eerie aesthetic. The actors -- from the youngest to the oldest -- do a fantastic job ties embodying the inherent oddness of the guilt-ridden early Americana Puritan landscape and help to add to the uncomfortableness that's felt throughout the piece. Their constant questioning into who to place their trust -- family or religion -- is nicely depicted by the actors and the Eggers' script. In the end, though, it's a film that doesn't quite have enough story to maintain its ninety minute runtime. Tightening things up by about twenty minutes would've done wonders to the film and created a tauter, more intense affair. As it stands now, the slow pace bogs the film down rather than ratchet up the tension. The Witch works at creating its unique environment, but in the end, it's not a horror film that I ever feel the need to watch again.
The RyMickey Rating: C+